Re: Africanized Bees - ABJ News Article
I have a couple hives that my inspector during my yearly inspection the other day has talked me into requeening. They were "nervous" and "runny on the frames" and louder than normal. One was a cut out from last year and one was a swarm catch this year. And one that requeened itself. He said they have africanized traits. That didn't suprise me, but as I still can manage them and I like what they're doing I wasn't going to requeen. He convinced me to requeen because what if someone or animal was seriously hurt by my bees? That's all it took.
I wondered, when I go to requeen, if I bring a comb scratcher and open up all the capped drone cells if that will lessen the passing of ahb traits to queens they would have mated with? It makes sense to me but wanted to run it past you all. One hive in particular was pretty strong ahb. He said with this one, I might want to split it along with requeening, and to coat with honey the exterior wooden box and some of the screen and the candy plug before installing. AHB have a tendency to ball and kill the queen. The splitting and honey coating will help prevent that from happening. I'm also going to overnite the queens and see about doing a pick up at the post office. I had 3 queens die last year before I got them to hive--one within hrs, to no more than 24 hrs of my receiving them.
That was my only problem with my hives. Everything else was good--no disease and very low mite count. I was thrilled about that.
At the Bee college in Northern Fla I took classes on ahb and they said the ahb problem is in southern Florida, south of interstate 15. They came in through the harbors, swarms that got onto shipping boat.
"Rule Three of beekeeping...Never cease to feel wonder" Laurie R. King--
March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF